Austria

PART ONE Professional recognition in your country

1.1. Which organisation recognises doctors eligible to practice in your country?
In case your country has more then one organisation which can provide professional recognition, please attach to this survey a simple list of names and websites where we can acquire more information.

NAME:  AUSTRIAN MEDICAL CHAMBER   

TYPE OF ORGANISATION (PROFESSIONAL, GOVERNMENT, ETC.) TRADE UNION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATION 

ADDRESS:  WEIHBURGGASSE 10-12, 1010 VIENNA   
     
PHONE NUMBER:   +43 1 51406 - 3064   
 
FAX:      

CONTACT PERSON:   INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF THE AUSTRIAN MEDICAL CHAMBER  

E-MAIL:    INTERNATIONAL@AERZTEKAMMER.AT
 
WEBSITE (S):   WWW.AERZTEKAMMER.AT

1.2. What requirements/documents are necessary for a foreign doctor to practice medicine?
i.e. language skills, medical degree, insurance, immigration status.

List of documents that are required for registration with the Austrian Medical Chamber as well as detailed information leaflets can be found on the website of the Austrian Medical Chamber.

In order to be registered with the Austrian Medical Chamber the following general preconditions pursuant to §4 (2) Austrian Medical Act have to be fulfilled:

• EEA or Swiss nationality OR residence permit according to § 5b (1,2) of the Austrian Medical Act OR recognised right of asylum or subsidiary protection status (§5,3)
• Full legal capacity
• Proof of good character and repute
• Fitness to practice (health condition)
• Sufficient knowledge of the German language

All doctors intending to work in Austria have to prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (i.e. having completed the medical training in a German-speaking region or having at least 3 years of experience as German-speaking health care professional etc.). If they do not meet the requirements they have to pass a German language test held by the Austrian Medical Chamber.

Doctors who have completed their medical studies in non EEA-countries have to provide either evidence of recognition of medical studies completed abroad by one of the Medical Universities in Austria (Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck), as equivalent with Austrian standards (i.e. Nostrifikationsbescheid on the award of the degree „Doktor der gesamten Heilkunde“) or provide evidence of successful completion of medical studies in Austria before they can apply for recognition of their postgraduate training undergone abroad by the Commission for the Accreditation of foreign training periods of the Austrian Medical Chamber. Upon fulfilling the criteria of the Austrian Medical Training regulations (fullfilment of the objectives of training laid down in the Training regulations), the doctor is admitted to the exam that is obligatory for all doctors in Austria.

Foreign medical doctors without EEA-citizenship and not being granted equal treatment may apply for other types of authorization (according to § 8 par 5, § 35, § 32 and § 33 of the Austrian Medical Act). Further information can be found on the website of the Austrian Medical Chamber.

Directive 2005/36/EC Applicability:

Automatic recognition: Diplomas corresponding to Directive 2005/36/EC are recognised automatically in Austria on the condition that applicants provide certificates issued by the competent authority stating that the training is in compliance with articles 23 – 30.

Procedures based on the General system: Diplomas which do not comply with articles 23 – 30 and are not in accordance with Annexes 5.1.1 – 5.1.3 can be recognised via the general system.

1.3. Are there any application deadlines (if so, when)?
Furthermore, how long does the professional recognition procedure usually take?

There is no application deadline

- Automatic recognition procedures (either based on diplomas or acquired rights) normally last between one and four weeks after receipt of completed documentation.
The duration of procedures based on the general system differs widely, depending on whether it is obvious that an applicant’s training and/or professional experience are sufficient in order to recognize his or her diploma without imposing any compensation measures, or whether a medical expert has to be consulted, and a compensation measure is imposed.

- The recognition of University studies that do not constitute a diploma as mentioned in Annex 5.1.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC can last up to a few years, depending on how many exams have to be taken by the student in order to have his foreign degree recognised in Austria.

- The recognition of postgraduate training undergone abroad by the Commission for the Accreditation of Foreign training periods of the Austrian Medical Chamber takes a few weeks between the deadline for the submission of documents and the meeting and decision of the Commission.

1.4. Are there any sort of examinations/interviews to apply for Medical Professional Recognition?

No

1.5.1. What kind of professional medical degrees are there in your country?

Three public medical universities (in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna) and some private universities offer the possibility to complete medical studies.

Upon completion of studies, graduates in Austria are awarded the title of „doctor medicinae universae“, abbreviated „Dr.med.univ.”.

Persons who complete postgraduate studies which comprise a scientific thesis, are awarded the title of doctor of medical science, abbreviated „Dr.scient.med.”.

PART TWO Training in your country

2.1. Which organisation is responsible for medical training in your country?
In case your country has more than one organisation with this function, please attach to this survey a simple list of names and websites where we can acquire more information.

Name: Austrian Medical Chamber

Address: See 1.1.

2.2. Besides professional recognition, is there any other requirement for a doctor to start his training/begin to work (i.e. examination, clerkship, internship)? Namely, which documents/examinations are necessary when applying for training/job?

There is no examination or internship.

The required documents to apply for a training position depend on the employer and the position.

2.2.1. Where are training positions advertised?

In the journal of the Austrian Medical Chamber: http://www.aerztezeitung.at/

At the websites of the different medical chambers in the regions

The regional chambers also have waiting lists on which doctors can register for training position

2.3. Are there any application deadlines (if so, which)?

There are no official deadlines. This depends on the employer.

2.5. Is there a fee/tuition for attending a training programme?

No

2.6. Do trainees receive a salary during training?

Yes

2.6.1. Moreover, what is the current salary and is overtime paid?

Depending on contract and applicable employment regulations (more than 30 different types of public services law in Austria).

Yes, overtime is paid.

2.6.2. What type of contracts are there? How long are the working and on-calls times?

Different contract schemes depending on the type of public services law applied (more than 30 different types).

2.6.3. Are sick leave, vacation days, maternity leave, voluntary work allowed and do they entail a reduction of salary?

Yes, sick leave, vacation days and maternity leave are comprised. They do not entail a reduction of salary.

2.7. In general terms, how is the training assessment done?
i.e. exams, evaluations, interviews, appraisal

There is only a final examination after the completion of training in general practice, respectively after the completion of training in the specialty.

Where else can we find more information?

http://www.aerztekammer.at/ausbildung

PART THREE Other details about training/working in your country

3.1. Is mobility possible inside and outside the country during your training?
3.2. How many trainees are there in your country?
Divided, if possible, by in each speciality.

Currently (August 2018), there are about 5600 doctors in training in Austria.

3.4. Is there an accreditation procedure for training centres (and do they include visitations)?

Yes.

Where else can we find more information? http://www.aerztekammer.at/ausbildung

3.5. Is there any national recertification/revalidation scheme to practice?

No. However, after a work gap, doctors have to meet the general requirements for medical practice according to § 4 par. 2 of the Austrian Medical Act (i.e. full legal capacity, proof of good character and repute (criminal record) or fitness to practice (Certificate of Health)).

3.6. Are there any differences in the application procedure according to the country of origin of a trainee?

No

3.7.1. Are there any restrictions for a foreign doctor who is undergoing training in your country to work there afterwards?

No

3.7.2. Moreover, is it possible for a trainee undergoing training in another EU/EEA country to do part of his training in your country? If so, what are the necessary requirements/documents?

Yes

Trainees have to be registered with the Austrian Medical Chamber and therefore have to fulfill the general preconditions pursuant to § 4 (2) Austrian Medical Act. For further details, see the answer to question 1.2.

3.8. Please summarise the general timeline between the time where a doctor has just graduated until he has attained a final senior post as an independent medical doctor.
In other words, please describe, in general terms, the training of a junior doctor in your country.

In Austria, the current system is as follows:

After graduation from medical universities, all graduates have to complete the so-called basic medical training (Basisausbildung) with a duration of 9 months. After the basic training they either go into training in general practice (additional 33 months), or into specialist training (additional 63 months according to the curriculum of the respective specialty).

After successful completion of training in general practice, respectively after successful completion of training in the specialty and after passing a final qualifying exam, the diploma is awarded and the doctor can apply for a post as an independent medical doctor.

3.9. Is it compulsory to have malpractice (or any other) insurance?

No, not for trainees.

3.12. Are there any restrictions in your country to comply with the consolidated version of EU 2005/36?

No.

3.13. Which organisation(s) specialise in assisting doctors in legal and work matters?
i.e. trade unions, medical chambers, other organizations.